June 2018

‘Predatory paedophile’ finance director jailed

A finance boss from Ripon who groomed an underage schoolgirl has been put behind bars after having sexual activity with her in his Jaguar car.

Graham Moon, 52, has been jailed for four years and nine months for his conduct towards the girl, from Wearside, who said she was left feeling “cheap and dirty”.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the finance director had first met his victim on the anonymous website Omegle before they began to chat on the messaging platform Kik and Snapchat.

He continued to flirt with the teenager even after he discovered her age and arranged to meet just two weeks after they began to chat.

He would regularly pick her up in Sunderland before driving to nearby Seaham and engaging in sexually activity in his Jaguar.

A friend of the schoolgirl eventually reported her concerns to police and Moon was arrested at his home in North Yorkshire.

Moon admitted two charges of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, grooming a child under the age of 16 and sexual activity with a child.

Moon, of Kirby Road, Ripon, must sign the sex offenders register for life